With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls & the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a. With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a. Herculine Barbin dite Alexina B is the story of a young hermaphrodite who lived, studied and taught in nineteenth-century France. Her story, which was.

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The graphic descriptions of hermaphrodite genitalia in medical reports on one hand satisfied my curousity but on the other also left me feeling sad, thinking of all those examinations she was subjected to which were probably almost unthinkable for a girl of her time and upbringing. I am really glad this author stumbled upon this and decided to publish it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. She had committed suicide by inhaling gas from her coal gas stove.

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The medical information and legal information on Alexina in hercuilne book was interesting and fascinating as well. It took me a bit to realize that only the introduction is by Michel Foucault, but by that time I was already hooked. At least it was written at the same time period and gives insight on what an outsider of that period saw in the whole situation.


It was just sad to read about a life that held so much promise, but ended so tragically. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Read it Forward Read it first. Jun 12, Pages.

It was very difficult to read. I don’t think so. Unlawfully in love with another woman, [3] she was forced to transform into a male in because of a judge’s orders.

Two quotes that caught my eye: Foucault attempts to speak for the time in which Herculine lived, and Herculine speaks from a positionality that needs to be heard. Sep 30, Laurel L. All in all, if this book wasn’t assigned reading, I wo This book was about a French hermaphrodite named Alexina, who later changed his name to Abel.

Herculine barbiin designated female at birth.

Views Read Edit View history. Intersex scholar Morgan Holmes states that Barbin’s own writings showed that she saw herself as an “exceptional female”, but female nonetheless. Compulsory sterilization Discrimination Human rights reports Legal recognition Malta declaration Medical interventions Sex assignment Sex characteristics legal term Yogyakarta Principles.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Herculine was declared monstrous: Such a sad story. As luck would have it, Herculine aka Alexina was a really brilliant writer and storyteller, so this is an engaging read.


It’s fortunate that today we have mostly a more understanding climate surrounding the issue of gender identity, not to mention sexual preference. A small book that makes one realise how humane and often subtle a thinker Foucault was. Intersex is a subject I knew little about until I read this book and Euge What a heart wrenching autobiography. The hairs on her upper lip and cheeks were noticeable.

Actually I was hooked by the first line of introduction: I read this for a class this semester. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The documents were fascinating, amazingly detailed, I thought, for such a time and place but those thoughts are no doubt my own prejudices.

I think this book should be required reading for everyone in life. Retrieved 3 February See all books by Michel Foucault. Lists with This Book. So terribly sad, so unnecessarily painful. She was assigned as a girl and raised as such; her family referred to her as Alexina.